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dave3d
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HH6 limited to 3 hosts

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This is my first post so show me some patience.

I have the new BT smart hub or home hub 6 which I have been slowly configuring. I previously had home hubs 2, 4 and 5, so I can find my way around it to a certain extent.

I pay No-IP for 20 host addresses and I have been configuring the router and ports to allow access to computers on my home network. I have a mixture of W10, W7, XP and several raspberry pi's some with cameras.

However the new homehub says maximum 3 hosts allowed in other words I cannot access more than 3 devices through the router using DNS? My previous router Homehub 5 had no such restriction.

I have tried all the settings. I don't wish to put a Dynamic Update Client (DUC) on each machine. Not even sure if that would work.

 

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licquorice
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I suggest you revert to your HH5, the HH6 is a backward step in many respects.

dave3d
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Thanks.

I have now switched back to HH5 and have about 12 hosts set up on it.

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dave3d
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As a matter of interest are there any advantages that HH6 has over previous versions?

Maybe the GUI but other than that I can't see anything that is an improvement. Quite the contrary.

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Keith_Beddoe
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Perhaps the advantage of expensive marketing Smiley Wink

 

The lack of wireless channel selection is a disadvantage.

 

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licquorice
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Allegedly, the wifi is supposed to be an improvement but from comments on the forum I don't believe it is. The wifi is certainly hobbled, as it is now only possible to manually select 3 of the 13 channels available in the 2.4Ghz band. As usual a triumph of style over content, as long as it it looks pretty the designers are happy!!

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Keith_Beddoe
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Style over substance ?

 

The WiFi channel limitation, makes no sense at all, what logic were they applying?

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imjolly
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as a user of a HH6 I can confirm that the wifi gives better coverage than the hh5 - there have been other posts saying the same thing so not specific to my 'specialSmiley Very Happy' hh6



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Dan-O
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@licquorice wrote:

Allegedly, the wifi is supposed to be an improvement but from comments on the forum I don't believe it is. The wifi is certainly hobbled, as it is now only possible to manually select 3 of the 13 channels available in the 2.4Ghz band. As usual a triumph of style over content, as long as it it looks pretty the designers are happy!!


1, 6 and 11 are the only non-overlapping Wi-Fi channels (with the exception of 12/13 but these are rarely used because they're not supported in the USA so some devices have problems).

 

Using channels in between these can cause issues as channel 2 will interfere with both channel 1 and channel 6 for example. And channel selection algorithms may not detect the interfere if they simply look for other devices on the exact same channel.

 

Channel 1 uses none of the same frequency as Channel 6 and Channel 11 uses none of the same as Channel 6. This is because 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channels are split into 5MHz segments and the normal mode of operation is 20MHz (which will take up 4 5MHz chunks).

 

 

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Keith_Beddoe
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Those channels are overlapped by signals from other routers. The problem with only three channels is if you are in a built up area, those three channels are already occupied by other home hubs, so you end up with home hubs playing leapfrog, and disconnecting devices in the process.

 

I use a different router, in a built up area, and the only clear channels are channel 5,channel 9 and channel 13. The rest are occupied by home hubs, Sky routers (which also use 1,6 and 11), and Virgin Media hubs, which seem to occupy two channels at a time Smiley Sad